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Actinostachys pennula

Actinostachys pennula (Sw.) Hook.

ray fern

Synonym(s): Actinostachys germanii, Microschizaea pennula, Schizaea germanii, Schizaea pennula
NCBG PLANT INDEX
ID_PLANT: ACPE2
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Actinostachys pennula
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GENUS: Actinostachys
FAMILY CODE: SCHIZA

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Last Modified: 2016-12-30

USDA PLANTS DATABASE
USDA Symbol: ACPE2
USDA Common Name: Ray Fern
Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N)
Distribution: USA (FL), USA+ (PR)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast
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WEAKLEY FLORA
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Actinostachys pennula
COMMON NAME: Ray Fern
SYNONYMY: [= K3; > A. germani Fée - S, orthographic variant; = Schizaea pennula Swartz - Fl, WH3; > A. germanii]
PHENOLOGY: Jan-Dec.
HABITAT: Bayheads, floodplain forests, mesic flatwoods, rockland hammocks.
COMMENTS: S. FL; West Indies; s. Mexico, Central America, and South America.
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ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Schizaeaceae Kaulfuss 1827 (Curly-grass Family)
SUMMARY: A family of 3-4 genera and about 30 species (depending on circumscription). The Lygodiaceae is often combined with the Schizaeaceae.
REFERENCE: Wagner in FNA (1993b); Kramer in Kramer & Green (1990).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Actinostachys Wallich 1829 (Ray Fern)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 20 species, pantropical.
REFERENCE: Wagner in FNA (1993b); Kramer in Kramer & Green (1990). {add to key to genera and families}
HERBARIUM RESOURCES
SERNEC: Find Actinostachys pennula in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Actinostachys pennula in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES
USDA: Find Actinostachys pennula in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Actinostachys pennula in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Actinostachys pennula in the Flora of North America (if available)
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